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EMERSON & GREG LAKE
Milwaukee, Merrillville and Indianapolis, 16-18 April 2010
& Lake tour was billed as an 'Intimate Evening with Keith Emerson & Greg
Lake', and it was just as advertised.
atmosphere was a gathering of friends and fans from the past listening
to the music from Emerson & Lake that we grew up with and were huge fans
different from a typical ELP show with different song arrangements and
presentations of the music. As much as I would love to see another ELP
show, this seemed to be a great way for the two to perform a concert at
this stage of their careers.
It was a
chance for Emerson & Lake to perform music from their past and to share
stories about the songs with their long time fans. I know that some of
us thought that this would be an unplugged show, but it was not. Emerson
didnít even have his grand piano with him and Lake played bass most of
If the venue
was big enough, the stage became 'Manticore Studios'. It consisted of a
back stone wall with a large window in the middle. In the window, you
could see recording equipment like at a studio, and someone in there
actual recording the music.
The shows started with Emerson playing a little intro piece that went
into 'From the Beginning'. Greg Lakeís voice was excellent. It was this
best he sounded in years.
performed 'I Talk to the Wind', from Lakeís King Crimson days, 'Bitches
Crystal', 'The Barbarian' and 'Take a Pebble' which led into 'Tarkus'.
Other than some parts being shortened, 'Tarkus' was performed in its
entirety concluding with 'Aquatarkus', where Emerson did some impressive
improvising on the moog and keyboard during the song.
Lake seemed to be experimenting with the songs that made the performance
a little different each night. Iím sure Emerson and Lake cringed when a
mistake was made, but they would humorously pass it off with a facial
expression or a funny comment.
songs during the whole show, the two would tell wonderful stories about
the songs, how they got started or various other things that had
happened to them in the past. I had the chance to see three shows and
was happy to find out that the stories were not scripted because they
were told somewhat differently each night.
break, they started with 'Cest la Vie'. The first two nights, Emerson
put on the accordion but took it off when the song started. At the third
show, he stayed with it a played the solo for the song.
amazing as always, which he really showcased with the next songs. First,
he played a solo. The first night he played a 'Prelude to Hope'. The
next two shows he played a more aggressive fast pace piece. Iím sorry
that I donít know exactly what he played, but I think he said it was
two played 'America' and 'Rondo'. Emerson once again showed his talent
at the keyboard, part of which was playing with moog and playing the
the lights were turned up on the audience and Emerson and Lake had a Q
and A with the fans. This was the most enlightening part of the evening
with interesting questions and answers.
The set then
ended with 'Pirates'. A different twist had Lake speaking the first
verse of the song before kicking into the music. For an encore the two
performed 'Lucky Man'.
I definitely felt a mutual respect for Emerson and Lake from the fans,
and felt that Emerson and Lake had a great respect for each other and
the fans also. Apart from Carl Palmer not being there, this was a must
see show for ELP fans.
and photo by Tim Ballentine
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